Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which is being directed by James Gunn (Dawn of the Dead) has it’s second official cast member. The WWE superstar Dave Bautista will portray Drax The Destroyer, a role that previously was rumored to be played by Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones).
THR informed that Bautista was competing for the role with Isaiah Mustafa, Patrick Wade and Jason Momoa. The WWE wrestler Dave Bautista appeared in the Man with the Iron Fists and will star opposite Vin Diesel in the upcoming Riddick movie.
The first comic book appearance of Drax The Destroyer, was in the Iron Man #55 in 1973 in addition to the first appearance of The Avengers post-credit scene foe, Thanos.
Drax was originally a human name Arhur Douglas whom Thanos had killed but was resurrecty by the Eternal Kronos, to fight against Thanos. At first Drax was more like the Incredible Hulk, with low intelligence and green skin to boot, but in 2005 he was remade into more of a “God of War” Kratos-like figure. After this change he has featured in the Marvel Cosmic resurgence with Annihilation and soon became a member of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
The goal and purpose of Drax in his ‘after-life’ is to remove Thanos from the universe.